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Old 16th October 2015, 14:31
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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab still sees potential in Ukrainian market despite sanctions
Oct. 16, 2015, Bozhena Sheremeta KYIV POST

Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based Internet security software developer, made the list of corporations sanctioned by the presidential administration amid Russia's war against Ukraine.

Although Kaspersky cannot sell its products to state-run organizations, the company is still promoting its globally recognized brand in Ukraine.

At the Cybersecurity Forum Ukraine, held by Kaspersky Lab in Kyiv’s Opera Hotel on Oct. 6-7, company officials refused to comment how much they predict sanctions will affect their sales volumes in Ukrainian.

The company has been selling high-quality cyber-security software in more than 200 countries since 1997.

Kaspersky Lab in 2014 accounted for about 50 percent of the Ukrainian antivirus software market, according to International Data Corporation. This year due to sanctions, the firm’s market share might shrink by around 14 percent, according to Oleksandr Savushkin, head of Kaspersky in Northern-Eastern Europe.

“I am proud, though, that people divide politics and business,” Savushkin said.

Kaspersky expects companies in the private sector to continue buying its antivirus software to continue protecting commercial data from the expanding range of cyber crimes to which Ukraine is prone. Almost 4 million cyber attacks infect computers worldwide on a daily basis and 10 percent of those target entities, not exclusively individuals.

In January-September of this year Ukraine has become the third most-prone country in the world at risk of web-based infection, according to data provided by Kaspersky. More than a third of the population encountered web-based malware through this period.

Ukrainians are also at risk of mobile malware infections, Kaspersky research found. In the second quarter of 2015, around 4 million people encountered malware on their mobile devices. “Most people today protect their computers only and don’t think about protecting phones. They underestimate these threats,” said David Em, the senior technology consultant at Kaspersky.

Ukrainian Internet users are mostly prone to malware because they use pirated or outdated software, Em said. Around 17 percent of Ukrainian Internet users that get affected by cyber threats still use an outdated operating system.

In order to attract users to use websites that infect their computers with malware, many cyber hackers speculate on spreading information that relates to the escalating political conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Many computers get infected through spam emails and messages on social networks.

Jaap van Oss, team leader of the cyber crime group at Europol, said that changes on the legislative level cannot help mitigate the cyber attack threats that Ukrainian businesses face.

“If we look at crypto lockers (a special type of malware that locks all data on the computer in return for a financial award), they mostly target small and medium enterprises. If data is locked, the business stops running,” Oss explained.

Ukraine also generated 2 percent of all web attacks in the world in the second quarter of 2015. Russia remains the top producer of malware globally, having generated more than the half of global web attacks.

“Malware producers want to get better every day to invade us. Until just 2011 the volume of cyber attacks was very low, but after 2011, they started attacking small and medium enterprises on a bigger scale, stealing contact and banking information,” said Em. Russia’s Kaspersky Lab still sees potential in Ukrainian market despite sanctions
Three months into Russia's incursion into Ukraine, I canceled my Kaspersky acct. Any IT co controlled by the Kremlin is not for me.

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Red panic: Kaspersky pulled from major US retailer’s shelves, banned from federal government computers
EAST-WEST DIGITAL NEWS September 11, 2017

US retailer Best Buy has pulled from its shelves Kaspersky Lab’s PC security software amid fears of Kremlin spies using the antivirus tool to snoop on Americans — even though there is no concrete evidence to indicate that the security software is a threat.

In an exchange with UK’s The Register, the store chain confirmed its decision, but declined to comment on the reasons for the ban.

“Kaspersky Lab has enjoyed a decade-long partnership with Best Buy and its customer base, and will continue to offer its industry-leading cybersecurity solutions to consumers through its website and other retailers,” the cyber security company told The Register.

“The relationship may be re-evaluated in the future,” Kaspersky Lab hopes.

Meanwhile US Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would ban Kaspersky software from any federal computer, following on from her earlier ban on the software being used by the Department of Defense.

Western cybersecurity circles are not unanimous in this matter. Philipp Chertoff, a research fellow at the EU/NATO policy think tank GLOBSEC Policy Institute, believes that the US Government should not ban Kaspersky security software.

“If the US government has concerns beyond mere association with foreign intelligence services, if it truly believes certain technology products maintain vulnerabilities for foreign governments, officials should work with firms to provide a transparent process for reviewing such issues. Kaspersky has indicated its willingness to submit its products to review,” the cyber security researcher wrote. Red panic: Kaspersky pulled from major US retailer’s shelves, banned from federal government computers

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Old 17th November 2017, 06:51
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UK spymasters raise suspicions over Kaspersky’s Russia links - FT
British spymasters fear that anti-virus software given away for free by Barclays to more than 2 million customers may be being used as an intelligence-gathering tool by the Russian government, the Financial Times reports.
UNIAN 13 Nov 2017

A senior Whitehall official told FT that GCHQ, Britain’s digital surveillance agency, has harbored concerns for months over the distribution in the UK of software from Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s most successful computer security companies.
GCHQ suspects that Kaspersky may have been exploited by the FSB, the successor organization to the KGB, to snoop on sensitive foreign targets.
Barclays, which has offered free subscriptions of the anti-virus software to users of its online banking services since 2008, is seeking to end its arrangement with Kaspersky.

Intelligence officials worry that the widespread distribution of Kaspersky by Barclays in particular exposes at-risk individuals — such as employees of British government departments or members of the military — who are customers of the bank and have downloaded Kaspersky software to boost their home security. No evidence suggests that any data of Barclays customers have been compromised by use of Kaspersky software on their computers.

Barclays officials said they were seeking to quit the deal with Kaspersky for commercial reasons and that the move had no connection with GCHQ concerns. Officials at both Barclays and GCHQ said the two organizations had not discussed concerns over Kaspersky at any point.

“We have never received any advice or guidance from GCHQ or the National Cyber Security Centre in relation to Kaspersky

The NCSC, the arm of GCHQ that liaises with the private sector to improve national cyber security, said: “The NCSC has never advised Barclays against the use of Kaspersky products. Any suggestion to the contrary is categorically untrue. The NCSC is not a regulator and does not mandate or ban any products. Our certification schemes do not currently cover anti-virus or anti-malware services.”

Public controversy around Kaspersky has been mounting since September, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security banned the software provider from all U.S. government agencies.

U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies have allegedly gathered evidence of “several” occasions in which Kaspersky was used by Russian agencies to hack sensitive information, according to senior western intelligence officials spoken to by the FT.

Kaspersky denied the allegations and said it did not have “inappropriate ties with any government”.

Kaspersky is one of the most popular anti-virus products worldwide, with more than 400 million users. It is used by a number of large businesses within the UK besides Barclays. The company began offering a pared-back version of its main anti-virus software for free to anyone in July.

The British government has not publicly announced a position on the software provider. Concerns over Kaspersky being used as a Russian government proxy in Britain were nevertheless so great that the matter was also brought to the attention of Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary.

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U.S. Flagged Russian Firm Kaspersky as Potential Threat as Early as 2004
Intelligence agencies have expressed concern about the cybersecurity company’s software
Paul Sonne WALL STREET JOURNAL Nov. 17, 2017 5:42 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—A Russian cybersecurity firm whose products current and former U.S. officials suspect Moscow has used as a tool for spying was flagged by U.S. military intelligence as a potential security threat as early as 2004, according to new information the Defense Department provided to Congress.

In 2013, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. military spy service, also issued a Pentagon-wide threat assessment about products made by the company, Kaspersky Lab, according to an email this week from the Pentagon to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The contents of the assessment weren’t disclosed.

The DIA “began producing threat reporting referencing Kaspersky Lab as a threat actor as early as 2004,” according to the email, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, raising questions about why other federal agencies continued to use the firm’s products.

The Journal reported in October that hackers suspected of working for the Russian government targeted a National Security Agency contractor through the contractor’s use of Kaspersky Lab antivirus software and stole details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks.

Kaspersky has long said it doesn’t assist the Russian government with spying on other countries.

The revelation about Kaspersky comes as concern over Russian infiltration of American computer networks and social-media platforms is growing after the U.S. intelligence assessment that the Russian government worked to help President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Russia has denied meddling in the election.

Kaspersky published a report on Thursday saying that the computer it believes may have belonged to the NSA contractor in question was infected with other malware that could have been responsible for ex-filtrating information.

The company said in a separate statement, in response to the revelation that U.S. military intelligence flagged the firm as a threat actor, that it remains “ready to work with the U.S. government to address any and all concerns and further collaborate to mitigate against cyber threats, regardless of their origin or purpose.” It added: “we maintain that there has yet to be any credible evidence of the risks presented by the company’s products.”

The DIA’s threat analysis center, established in 2009, circulated analysis regarding Kaspersky Lab to various acquisition programs within the Pentagon, according to the email. It also made its views about the potential threat posed by Kaspersky Lab known to other agencies as early as 2012, the email said.

The email the Pentagon official sent this week was a follow-up to questions posed by the committee chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), about why the Pentagon had decided not to use Kaspersky products while other U.S. federal agencies felt safe to do so.

A top Pentagon cybersecurity official, Essye Miller, told the committee at a hearing this week that the Defense Department hadn’t used Kaspersky products because of intelligence information regarding the firm.

Still, other federal agencies didn’t follow the same precautions and used Kaspersky products. Jeanette Manfra, a top Department of Homeland Security official, said at the hearing that roughly 15% of the federal agencies that checked to see if Kaspersky was operating on their systems found the company’s products. DHS has set a Dec. 12 deadline for all U.S. government agencies to remove the firm’s software.

“We expect to continue to get more information and also get those basic questions answered—like why did they ever start using Kaspersky Lab products?” Rep. Smith said.

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